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Keeping Up Your Mental Health and Motivation as a Student

Published September 15, 2020.

Making the decision to move forward and study something new is exciting, and during challenging times, keeping your motivation up is a must.

Your mind and the physical body is like an engine, you need to tune it up, use it, and sometimes, go easy. Here are some tips to help you keep at your peak learning performance. 

Sleep

Get 8 hours of sleep per day

This is vital for you as a student, and when you embark on your new career after you graduate. In general, most adults need 8 hours of sleep each night on average to succeed in learning and improving daily productivity. 

Exercise

Get exercise each day

For adults, it is recommended that you have 30 minutes of exercise at least 4 times per week. Exercise directly contributes to cardiovascular health, leading to better emotional stability and reduced anxiety, a great recipe for learning something new. 

Eat Breakfast

Eat breakfast!

Without breakfast, your brain can become foggy, especially in morning classes. Eating breakfast allows you to stay bright and alert throughout the day. 

Deep Breathing Exercises

Do deep breathing exercises

Need a quick recharge of your mind and body? Doing deep breathing anytime during the day or evening will reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, and will keep you calm and relaxed.

Perform an Act of Kindness

Do something nice for someone

A healthy sense of self-esteem allows you to learn more, and feel a sense of self-empowerment. Doing a random act of kindness for a fellow student, a stranger, or a loved one helps you to improve your self-esteem, which is vital when learning new skills. 

Stop and Enjoy a Positive Aspect of the Day

Mental Health and Motivation

Some days may seem more challenging than others, and focusing on negative aspects seem to come too easily sometimes. Instead, focus on a positive aspect of a day. No matter how challenging a day seems, there is always something that may have happened in class or a great interaction or conversation you had with a fellow student, which can brighten up any day, no matter how challenging. 

Keep your motor tuned up with the aspects outlined above to help you succeed in your studies, and as you build on your career. 

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